Essays in Literary Criticism by Fiona Clements

I read, I watch, I rant. There are sometimes tangible (or legible) side-effects.

to top of pageComics and Drawn Books

Writing Good Horror Comics
Do You Need to Know Your Myths?
From Comics Forum 12, 1996
(graphics under construction)

A discussion of selected issues from four horror and fantasy comics: Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Sandman, and Shade the Changing Man.

Soon: Is Alan Moore Having
a Crisis of Confidence in Male Sexuality?
From Comics Forum 16, 1997

Quick answer, from Mister Moore himself: “No, I’m not, but that was a fascinating article.”

Less Soon: other, shorter articles from CF that still have some fire in them (I think), even if the comics are long gone

e.g. I enthuse about The Tick and Replacement God, and fall out of my chair laughing at Voyage to the Deep, a submarine story more stupid even than The Core.

to top of pageThe Classics

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park
The novel as an exercise in
imaginative sympathy, and the 1999
film adaptation as a wilful failure
to either imagine or sympathise

The moral: don’t attempt to film a novel if you believe that the author didn’t know what she was doing and should have written a different novel entirely.

Eventually: some minor quibbles with
the 2000 film adaptation of The House of Mirth

The film made me cry which the book has never done, but there are some additional points that I would have wanted to get across if I had been making the film (and of course I’m assuming that I would have had an unlimited budget).

to top of pageModern Fiction

Eventually: common themes in The Child in Time and Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

Mainly: on why it may be rare for well-adjusted, self-aware people to feel comfortable in politics

Probably never: Hannibal as a brave experiment, and how the film systematically excised all of the interesting and challenging aspects of the novel

I think that’s my rant done, right there, so this is now very low priority.

to top of pageTechnical Issues

How to Keep the Reader’s Attention
(format under construction)

Or: how to reduce the risk of alienating the reader by accident.

The Physics of Road Collisions
involving Moose

You what? Well, I wrote this essay because of some articles in a company newsletter, which makes it “a response to the written word”, which makes it “literary criticism”. I don’t have a separate “Science Essays” page because this is the only one so far, so it’ll have to make itself at home here. It’s more interesting than it sounds. Honest it is.